FLOP PAIR WILL REBOUND
Chong Wei confident V Shem-Wee Kiong can regain form despite poor Sudirman Cup show
LEE Chong Wei believes Malaysia’s men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong will bounce back stronger after a poor outing at the Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Australia.
On Friday, Malaysia were sent packing in the quarter-finals of the biennial mixed team event, after going down 3-1 to Japan. It was their second defeat in quick succession, having lost 3-2 to their Asian counterparts on Wednesday in the final Group 1C tie.
Going into the last eight, Malaysia knew that points had to be won in the men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.
While former World No 1 Chong Wei lived up to his billing and won all his matches, V shem-Wee Kiong fell short in both of theirs.
On Wednesday, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games silver medallists lost 18-21, 21-17, 21-16 to World No 5 Takeshi KamuraKeigo Sonoda, and on Friday 21-17, 16-21, 21-11.
Team captain Chong Wei, when contacted said: “Both V Shem-Wee Kiong are feeling terrible, I know because everyone had expected them to deliver us the crucial point.
“However, we cannot blame them alone. We must accept the fact that Japan were stronger on the day.
“As team captain, I must say that everyone tried their best. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.”
Chong Wei added that men’s doubles coach Jeremy Gan is already looking on how to improve V Shem-Wee Kiong’s partnership ahead of future tournaments, including the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in August.
“We know that V Shem-Wee Kiong have not been playing well recently, but it’s not the end. I am sure the players, together with Jeremy, will come up with something to return stronger.”
Malaysia have never won the Sudirman Cup since the competition’s inception in 1989. Their best achievement was reaching the semi-finals at the 2009 edition in Guangzhou, China.
Meanwhile, in yesterday’s semi-finals, South Korea eased past Thailand with a 3-1 win and will play China, who saw off Japan 3-2, in the final today.